Women promote economic reforms

Fellows with Anne Gale - EOC (2)
Visiting Australia Awards fellows meet South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner Anne Gale.

Leading business and professional women from Indonesia and Mongolia are gaining insights into industry-university engagement at Flinders at Tonsley today.

The group of 18 Australia Awards fellowship visitors will tour the facility and join a  workshop on entrepreneurship and university-economy collaboration.

The workshop, coordinated by Flinders New Venture Institute (NVI) Kathryn Anderson will feature South Australian business leaders Anna Shillabeer (Cisco Academy director), Leila Henderson (NVI fellow and founder of NewsMaker) and Wendy Perry (Workforce Blueprint), is part of a study fellowship at Flinders coordinated by the Gender Consortium in consultation with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The fellowships aim to strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries – and give recipients an opportunity to take home ideas to their home countries.

The visitors include senior managers from government, non-government and private sector companies who are well placed to implement strategies and projects that will enhance women’s participation and leadership in various sectors – mining, finance, tourism, and creative industries, not-for-profit, human rights.

The overseas delegation will assess the relevance of their Australian experiences with their own business models.

Innovation and entrepreneurship by women has proved an important economic model in developing countries.

This theme will be picked up at the 7th Southgate Oration next week, Thursday 22 October.

Dr Mirai Chatterjee, Director of the Social Security Team at India’s Self-Employed Women’s Association, the largest informal workers’ union in India with 1.9 million women workers in more than 3000 small, medium and large enterprises.

Dr Chatterjee will talk about the association’s success in promoting health security and equity for women in 14 states across India.

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